This vintage 1980s Carlisle necklace was not an easy one to get. You kinda had to know somebody who knew somebody to be one of the lucky ones.
The Carlisle Collection was a U.S. fashion design company founded in 1981. They offered elegant classic clothing and accessories for women by private appointment. Based in New York City, the firm had an extensive network of sales consultants in over 500 cities and upscale suburbs throughout the U.S.
The Carlisle Consultants, were socially well-connected and would build a loyal following by bringing in friends and acquaintances. It was a prestigious kind of network. Even the New York Times reported in 2002 in Ginia Bellafante's article "Clothes That Whisper, I Belong to the Club," the company was predicated on the idea that the sales staff would inspire loyalty from the clients because the sellers came from the same snobby...uh, oops...we mean upscale socioeconomic class. It was a success for years but then the company was sold and is now a different form if it exists at all.
This is one of the original Carlisle necklaces and you can see it's anything but ordinary. There are four strands of clear crystal beads that are six-sided. Each bead is capped in fancy gold-plated metal with small gold bead spacers in between.
Necklace measures 18 inches around. The ornate gilded snap clasp works securely. The four strand necklace is about 1 inch wide.
Under a magnifier, there's light age-related wear to some of the gold plating but overall, necklace is in excellent vintage condition. And if you listen closely, you might hear it whisper...'I once belonged to the Club but I like you a lot better.'
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Vintage CARLISLE Crystal w/ Gilt Caps Bead Necklace
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